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    Hiking or Sightseeing Tips

    by Yaqui Written May 8, 2009

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    Some tips to know before you venture out onto the trails:
    Make sure to inquire about trail conditions before you hike. Check with the Coconino National Forest Service rangers at (928) 282-4119 or (928) 203-7500.
    Wear sturdy, hiking boots with good traction and ankle support.
    Carry plenty of water no matter the season.
    Protect yourself from the elements. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
    Leave word with someone about where you are going and when you expect to be back.
    Watch for lightening during the summer monsoon thunderstorm season. Read up on lightning safety before you hike.
    Watch your footing on trails.

    VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER:
    331 Forest Road, Sedona, AZ
    Call (800) 288-7336 or (928) 282-7722

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    Slide Rock SP: Trail to Oak Creek

    by Basaic Written Feb 6, 2009

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    Trail to Creek

    The Trail to the Creek at Slide Rock State Park is very short but also very steep and rocky. Keep a close eye on the kids and anyone with problems keeping their balance or walking on uneven ground.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water.

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    Slide Rock SP: Cliff Top Trail

    by Basaic Written Feb 6, 2009

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    There are a few diferent short trails on Slide Rock State Park. The Cliff Top Trail is a 3/8 mile loop and as the name implies it follows the top of the cliff overlooking the creek. The first 75 feet is paved and wheelchair accessible and leads to a scenic overlook.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water.

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    Slide Rock SP: Pendley Homestead Trail

    by Basaic Written Feb 6, 2009

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    Pendley Homestead Trail

    The Pendley Homestead Trail is a short paved trail leading from the parking area to the homestead. You must go down the Pendley Homestead trail to get to any other trail in the park. This trail is wheelchair accessible.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water.

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    Hit the Red Rock on your Bike and Hiking Shoes

    by setikeyvan Updated Jun 20, 2008

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    There is no shortage of trails for hiking and mountain biking in Sedona. There are places to explore on every turn. It's quite incredible.

    Here are some popular mountain bike trails:
    * Chapel Rocks Loop
    * Oak Creek Canyon Trails
    * Teacup Trail to the Cockscomb

    Here are few pleasant hiking trails:
    * Boynton Canyon (easy)
    * Red Rock State Park (easy)
    * Wilson Mountain Trail (hard)

    Equipment: * Mountain bike - you can rent one
    * Multi-tool for your bike
    * Helmet
    * Hiking shoes - they'll turn from their original color to red, but that's okay consider that a free souvenir from Sedona
    * Camel pack - Fill it up, most people don't realize that the elevation is quite high in Sedona, so you'll get really thirsty
    * Sunscreen - Just because I care about your skin
    * Chapstick
    * Gloves (depending on the weather) and bring clothing layers
    * Snacks

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    Mountain Bike Rentals in Sedona

    by SedonaDee Updated Jun 2, 2008

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    With its countless & gorgeous trails, Sedona is the perfect place to experience Mountain Biking. Many visitors would like to try Mountain Biking in Sedona, as it draws people from all over the globe here, but don't want to haul their own bike along.

    I've put together a list of terrific Mountain Bike shops in Sedona that all have a wide variety of rentals. You can compare their rates right here; reserve your bike ahead of your arrival; and, find out more about the local trails. Everyone has their favorite bike shop and preferences here in Sedona. I'm not going to rate them, but just make them all available to you. Let me know which is your favorite or gave you the best service & prices and I'll share with others.

    A couple of the shops below even offer online coupons!

    Equipment: Sedona Sports
    Creekside Plaza
    251 N. Hwy 179
    Sedona, AZ 86336
    Phone: 1-928-282-1317
    Toll Free: 1-866-204-2377

    Sedona Bike & Bean
    6020 Hwy 179
    Sedona, AZ 86351 (Village of Oak Creek)
    E-mail: bike-bean@esedona.net
    928.284.0210

    Mountain Bike Heaven
    1695 West Hwy 89A
    Sedona, Arizona 86336
    Phone: (928) 282-1312
    Email: MountainBikeHeaven@yahoo.com

    Absolute Bikes
    6101 Highway 179
    Suite C
    Village of Oak Creek: Sedona, AZ 86351
    Phone: 928.284.1242
    Fax: 928.284.1461
    Toll Free: 1-877-284-1242

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    • Study Abroad
    • Cycling

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    Cockscomb Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    This is a wonderful less traveled trail that is fairly easy hiking. It does not have much shade. I recommend hiking this trail late afternoon into sunset as the trail weaves through Doe Mountain and the Cockscomb on the west. The setting sun lights up the sandstone walls on these two mountains for some amazing colors.

    Signs and guide books list the mileage as 3.3 miles out and back but this trail is easily linked with the Aerie Trail for a loop hike. No one does the Cockscomb Trail as an out and back.

    This trail and others in the immediate area are popular with mountain bikers. Another reason why this is best to hike in the late afternoon. Most mountain bike rentals need to be back to the shop by late afternoon.

    Equipment: If hiking during the day, bring plenty of water.

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    Hiking in Sedona II

    by goingsolo Written Oct 10, 2004

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    Sedona has a lot of easier hiking options as well. These are shorter trails with less elevation change, but still offer the opportunity to view the spectacular scenery that makes this area famous.

    The shorter hikes include:
    Boynton Canyon
    Airport Vortex
    West Fork
    Fay Canyon Red Canyon

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    Fay Canyon Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    Fay Canyon is one of the shorter box canyons located throughout Sedona. Total length is about 2.5 miles if you do not include Fay Canyon Arch or an attempt to find Fay Canyon Indian ruins. A very easy hike along the canyon floor with a dry wash on the right.

    At the end of the trail is a sign stating the end of the maintained trail. Beyond this point you cross over the dry wash and there is a nice area in front of a sandstone fin of sorts that can be explored a bit on either side.

    If you go early you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the canyon and relax a bit at the end of the trail before returning.

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    Boynton Canyon Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    This is my favorite trail in all of Sedona. The trail head is at the end of Boynton Canyon rd near the entrance of Enchanted Spa and Resort. The trail goes along the property of Enchanted Spa for a little about 1 mile. This is the rockiest part of the trail.

    Soon after leaving the view of the spa, the trail becomes flat and sandy. A pleasure for hiking and very easy. The path is surrounded by red rock cliffs and very beautiful, especially as the sun sets. However, I prefer to hike this trail early in the morning. No one is on the trail and the peacefulness is amazing. As you continue down the trail, the path winds into a beautiful forest.

    Eventually after a little more than 3 miles you reach the which is a box canyon. Return the way you came for more views of the red rock through the forest.

    Equipment: Camera

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    Hiking in Sedona

    by goingsolo Written Oct 10, 2004

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    Sedona's year round mild weather and beautiful and somewhat rugged landscape present numerous hiking opportunities ranging from strenuous dayhikes to short and easy walks.

    The most popular and strenuous hikes in Sedona include the following:
    Steamboat Rock (summit: 5,000 ft; elevation gain 400 ft)
    Cathedral Rock Saddle (summit: 5,000 ft; elevation gain 500 ft)
    Bear Mountain (summit: 6,300 ft; elevation gain 1,700 ft)
    Wilson Mountain (summit: 6,900 ft; elevation gain 2,300 ft)

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    Bear Mountain Hike

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    Bear Mountain is one of the more difficult hikes in Sedona and has very easy access. There is a parking area between Doe Mountain and Bear Mountain. The trailhead is across the street and the initial approach is very flat. The red rock bluff you first see on the approach is only part of Bear Mountain and not the top. In guide books it have the trail going about 3 miles back to the summit and then have to return the way you came. The trail does go beyond the 3 miles across some interesting slick rock formations. At this point the trail is marked by cairns so if you want to explore beyond this point be mindful and watch for them. The top has several false summits and it is very easy to think you are at the top when you are not.

    When you start the ascent there are some great views of Doe Mountain across the way. The higher you get you can see the top of the Doe Mesa. The trail has several "steps" or benches where the trail is relatively flat between steep climbs. Some people count 5 of these steps and some count 4. The steep sections are very rocky so be careful, especially on the descent. This makes it very difficult to find the top. If you do not have a GPS with a topographical map, I would suggest to hike to a point where you feel comfortable and return.

    Because of the length and steepness of the trail, I also recommend doing this hike very early in the morning to beat the heat of the day.

    Equipment: Very sturdy hiking boots that are ankle high. Plenty of water because it is the desert and the summer can be very hot.

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    Fay Canyon Arch

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    Fay Canyon Arch is just off to the right on the Fay Canyon Trail. It is about a 1/4 mile up the canyon. There is no sign post showing the direction of the arch. As the Fay Canyon trail follows a dry wash on the right, you will see a set of cairns that mark the trail.

    Cross the wash and follow the well established trail. Soon you will be able to identify the arch. You can walk all the way up to the arch.

    A nice little side trip form the main trail.

    Equipment: Sturdy boots and plenty of water.

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    Red Rock Pass

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    If you are going to do any hiking when visiting Sedona, a Red Rock Pass is needed for parking at any trailhead. The passes are available in 4 types:

    Daily Pass - good for one day and cost $5
    Weekly Pass - valid for 7 consecutive days and cost $15
    Annual Pass - valid for one year and cost $20
    Grand Annual Pass - valid for one year but gives access to several other day use areas. Cost $40.

    I am always there more than one day and always intend to return some time during the year so I purchase the Annual Pass.

    The Passes are available to purchase at the Red Rocks Visitor Center. The following trailheads also have self-serve machines for daily and weekly passes:
    Baldwin Trailhead
    Banjo Bill Picnic Area
    Bear/Doe Mountain trailhead
    Bell Rock
    Bootlegger picnic area
    Boynton Canyon trailhead
    Cathedral Rock trailhead
    Encinoso picnic area
    Halfway picnic area
    Huckaby trailhead
    Indian Gardens
    Jim Thompson trailhead
    Jordan trailhead
    Little Horse trailhead
    Midgley Bridge trailhead

    These machines accept credit cards or cash. I recommend purchasing your pass (no matter which type) at the Red Rock Visitor Center. It is a good opportunity to learn about the area and ask rangers about trail conditions and closures.

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    Boynton Vista Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 5, 2014

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    This is a very short hike from the Boynton Canyon Trailhead. It is only about .5 miles to the vista which is really just a hike to the base of Boynton Spire. The trail is easy and well maintain. Late afternoon creates some beautiful colors as the sun lights up the spire. A very peaceful setting but can have a lot of people because of it's easy access.

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